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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Keegan

Freshman Selby has fairy-tale beginning

Kansas guard Josh Selby licks his chops after hitting a second three-pointer against USC during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Selby licks his chops after hitting a second three-pointer against USC during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas defeated USC, 70-68 on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Freshman Josh Selby scored a game-high 21 points in his debut, including a three pointer with 24 seconds left in the game to give KU win.

It’s been some time since anybody has put on a better show for those lucky enough to gain admission to Saturday’s basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse as the guy whose picture was on the ticket.

Kansas University coach Bill Self and his assistants will find plenty of teaching points on the game film to make freshman Josh Selby better, but all the crowd could say after with their considerable volume was, “Thanks for the memory.”

Coach Kevin O’Neill’s hard-driving USC Trojans nearly spoiled Selby’s debut by ending KU’s fieldhouse winning streak, but Selby didn’t let it happen, pushing the streak to 65 and leaving the audience with but one question: Why wasn’t this charismatic shooting sensation from Baltimore hyped more aggressively in advance of his collegiate debut?

Oh, well, too late to change that.

Selby lit the crowd’s fire shortly after checking into the game after the first TV timeout. From the left wing, he elevated smoothly and quickly flicked a shot at the apex of his jump. Perfect follow-through. Prettiest jumper in the program since Brandon Rush took his to the NBA. Three points. Nothing but net. Crowd went berserk.

The noise was nothing compared to the reaction to Selby’s game-winning three-pointer from the right wing with 26 seconds left in KU’s 70-68 victory that kept the Jayhawks undefeated in 10 games.

OK then, if Selby, who’s such a hot shot he had 21 points in 27 minutes, and Kansas was ranked No. 3 in the nation without him, why did unranked USC, battling the Jayhawks and the crowd, nearly end the streak?

Easy. Basketball teams’ performances aren’t judged based on the sum of their parts, rather on whether the whole is greater or less than the sum of its parts. Even though Selby has practiced with teammates, playing with them against an opponent that doesn’t show its cards represents a different challenge.

Offensively, Selby did a better job of playing with teammates than they did of playing with him. At times, they turned into spectators. Even players can develop tunnel vision and get lost watching a great talent for lapses, especially during a player’s anticipated debut.

For a stretch during the first half, when Selby caught fire, it looked as if teammates followed his lead in quickly putting up shots, even though a great shot for one player is a bad one for another. Tyshawn Taylor had a particularly sub-par game, his worst of the season.

Selby rushed up a couple of shots he ought not to have taken, but for the most part, his game-high point total came without him forcing the issue. Defensively, the effort was there for Selby, just the instincts and knowledge were absent. He helped too aggressively off of USC’s Jio Fontan and was burned for a three, and on a couple of other occasions he failed to rotate. That will take time. So will the team recapturing its offensive rhythm.

Even before that transition becomes smooth, an exciting team already has become more entertaining thanks to the addition of one talented guard who opened and closed his debut with a splash.

“That’s what we expect of him,” Taylor said of Selby. “Big-time players make big-time plays, and that’s what he did today.”

Asked to grade Selby, Taylor said, “A-plus. That shot in itself was an A-plus performance. If that was the only shot he made in the game, I think I’d still give him an A-plus. He’s going to be real good in a couple more games.”

Comments

Dan Pawlowski 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow the article never mentioned Brady Morningstar but not counting this post his name was brought up 9 times by you guys. Give it up the horse is now glue. Lets face it , he will play as long as the coach deems him worthy at and this point I don't see it changing. Besides he is a senior and provides leadership on the floor. Something most teams treasure. If you feel the need to contribute your 2¢ worth I will point you to an article that actually mentions him. http://www2.kusports.com/news/2010/de.... I will remind you that 2¢ buys you nothing these days.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

Dick Vitale fondles himself in front of a full-size nude photo of coach K every morning before breakfast.

I know this post will probably be deleted, but it sure sounds funny!! :)

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Vitale would have had an orgasm over Selby: "BTBer, PTPer, diaperdandy", and after a few 3s: "are you serious? Give Josh the ball!"

Thank god it was basketball savvy Bobby Knight instead. Didnt like Knight's Indiana coaching antics/brow beat your son coaching style, but love his tell-it-like-it-is commentary.
Remember, Knight has forgotten more basketball knowledge than others, like DukieV ever knew. Ever hear DukieV diagramming a play or suggesting as a former coach what should be done? Nope. Or ever breaking down/analyzing some coaching moves in-game? Nope... No its all cameron-blue color commentary rubbish.

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Layne Pierce 3 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkinne

Self has said many times that Brady is the best at passing the ball into the post,, and he often makes defensive plays, such as the from the behind steal at the end of the UCLA game.

He is a glue player, somebody that does the dirty work, and I for one am glad we have him. I'm sure Doc Sadler would take him in a minute.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 3 months ago

Drgnslayr, as long as their not like Brady Morningstar. We don't need another drag like him on the team. This kid just doesn't know what he is doing, he doesn't create or make drives to the basket or in the lane for a 10-15' jumper. He just looks to pass. Just a total dud. I will be glad when this kid is gone. I don't know what Self saw in this kid. Reed this year is finely doing something this year. He was like Brady before that. I really am surprised that he is showing some initiative and started shooting some good 3's and driving to the basket. Brady doesn't produce enought to buy soap to wash his uniform. No if Gill was running the show he would take Brady's name off the shirt.

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William Blake 3 years, 3 months ago

If there is a star recruit out there who is considering going to either KU or UNC (there is) he may want to compare the start of Josh Selby versus the start of Harrison Barnes.

Got to love Josh's mom and all the great comments she mentioned about KU! She is feeling the love and knows her son will be well cared for in Lawrence. Maybe she can move to Lawrence and join the Jayhawk family directly!

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gimmetheclaw78 3 years, 3 months ago

Forgive me if this has already been addressed, but who was it that predicted 21 points for Selby?

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Bear86 3 years, 3 months ago

Big Time shot by a big time player. Let's just hope the rest of the team get's their s*%#t together. By far the weakest offensive game of the year. The Morris twins are turning out to be a liability (not a force by any means). Looking forward to watching the Hawks in Berkley. The Jayhawk nation on the Left coast will be out in force. Rock Chalk! F-Texas!!!!

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Ashwin Rao 3 years, 3 months ago

I just re-read the article about him that was published earlier in the year... http://www2.kusports.com/news/2010/ap.... Makes the debut a little bit sweeter!

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Greg Lux 3 years, 3 months ago

If you didn't see a kid ( young man ok ) having a great time out there you missed something special. That smile is infectious. He deserves every accolade he can receive for the performance yesterday. I can't imagine the pressure we all put on this young man and he carried it like a feather. Not many freshman players could preform with the expectations he had on him in front of 16k plus fans screaming at every opportunity. Kudos to a kid with a special talent and a family with the love to keep him out of trouble and give him this chance at life.

Rock Chalk

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 3 months ago

He was as bad on defense as he was good on offense. I dare any of you kool aid drinkers to go back and find just one time, just one where his man didn't blow bu him off the dribble. This is a good thing. It's the thing that just might keep him at KU another year. And offensively he didn't make a shot other than open threes, but hey I'll take someone anyone hitting open shots on this team.

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Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago

We got lucky.

"Luck" has a name...

...Josh Selby.

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baldwinjhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Dickie V would've said "THAT'S MY DIAPER DANDY BABY, WHAT A SHOT!". I'm glad we didn't have to listen to Dukie V calling the game though.... A hollywood ending for sure for Selby, how exciting. I'm not sure I understand his under hand passing, but I'll adjust..lol. Tyshawn Taylor was terrible, so lazy and careless with the ball and then he stood around and watched when he didn't have the ball. UGGGh. We don't have a point guard. It's frustrating. Great game Josh!

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Robert Brock 3 years, 3 months ago

Jo Jo was electifying. Selby is good, but Jo Jo really changed the way the '66 club played the game. Not the same last night. I'm glad that he can stroke an ordinary jump shot - something that the rest of the squad sometimes has difficulty doing - but we will have to see more game for Selby to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jo Jo White.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

Best first time performance by any guard since Jo Jo White or maybe Darnell Valentine......this kid is the real deal.

It was also great how much time the spent on Josh's Mom and how she thanked God her son was at Kansas.....I hope BenMac and Double D's Moms saw the game and heard her as well!!

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actorman 3 years, 3 months ago

"... leaving the audience with but one question: Why wasn’t this charismatic shooting sensation from Baltimore hyped more aggressively in advance of his collegiate debut?"

For all you Keegan bashers, you have to give him a little credit for that line; that was pretty funny.

What an incredible debut. I was thinking to myself during the game, "How great would it be if Selby hit the game-winning shot?" Who could have imagined that that's how it would play out?

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Michael Auchard 3 years, 3 months ago

"Why wasn’t this charismatic shooting sensation from Baltimore hyped more aggressively in advance of his collegiate debut?" -- Keegan

For the same reason that the game was billed as a USC game on espn.com's front page, not a Kansas one, although we're the third-ranked team in America, it was in our gym, and the #5 (really #1) ranked freshman in the country was debuting. On the website, they had a lousy picture of Larry David... um, I mean Kevin O'Neil, and some comments barely mentioning the fact that KU was even playing in the game.

It's because we live in the podunk Midwest, and the mainstream media doesn't give a damn about anything that goes on in Lawrence, Kansas. You might as well hold the game in the Outer Mongolian Civic Center as far as ESPN and their ilk are concerned.

"Oh, Lawrence... that's near Chicago, right?"

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Funhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

That fun smile during the game was contagious, wasn't it.

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